Bees need your help. Please urge Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to sign the Pollinator Protection Act. The Maryland General Assembly passed SB-198 and HB-211 with solid bipartisan support, but the bill will not become law unless Governor Hogan signs it at the final bill-signing ceremony on Thursday, May 19.
The bill would limit the use of household neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids – also known as “neonics” – are believed to be partially responsible for large-scale bee die-offs.
In the last year, Maryland beekeepers lost a staggering 61 percent of their hives. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from April 2015 to March 2016, 44 percent of American honeybee colonies died – the highest annual loss on record. Bees pollinate dozens of crops. Apples, avocados, onions, and several types of berries rely heavily on bees for pollination. Without bees, coffee would be expensive and rare, and almonds wouldn’t exist.
Please sign and share this letter, and ask the governor to sign pollinator protection into law during his last bill-signing session on May 19, 2016. Read Chesapeake PSR's testimony supporting the Pollinator Protection Act.
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